Category Archives: 07-24-2013

Manatee County expands on nature

Armed with a plan to acquire an additional 150 acres for the Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton, Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker announced at a public meeting July 15 an ambitious expansion of the park. Speaking before an estimated 40 people at the Palma Sola Botanical Park in northwest Bradenton, Hunsicker said funding […]

Big $3.5m Anna Maria 2013-14 budget figure ‘not so big’

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn presented her 2013-14 budget to city commissioners July 17, calling the proposed $3.05 million spending plan one of the largest in recent years. Revenue for the present year is $2.54 million — up from the anticipated $2.45 million that was projected when the budget was approved. Considering the “bare bones budgets” […]

Rate stays same, but tax increases in Bradenton Beach

After adjusting and approving city department budget proposals, Bradenton Beach commissioners voted July 18 to maintain the millage rate at 2.3329 for the 2013-14 budget —  a tax increase for property owners. Revenue for the current spending plan is $2,391,787, while anticipated revenue for 2013-14 brings the budget up to $2,502,724. The rollback rate – […]

Resort tax collections on record pace

With $612,529 collected in May and four months remaining in the fiscal year, Manatee County is ahead of last year’s record pace for resort tax collections. The resort tax, commonly called the bed tax, is the 5 percent collected by Manatee County on accommodation rentals of six months or less. Sue Sinquefield of the Manatee […]

HB-Mainsail unsettled, mediation unscheduled

Holmes Beach commissioners discussed July 9 the need to schedule a special meeting in order to garner a firm position for the city’s two representatives to take to the mediation table with the Mainsail development team following a progressive June 21 first round of negotiations. That special meeting was never scheduled. However, listed on the […]

Cumber case management set for July 31

William J. Cumber, accused of the November 2008 murder of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-Buehler, is set for a case management review at 9 a.m. July 31 at the Manatee County Judicial Center. Judge Thomas Krug is presiding. Cumber’s attorney has requested four continuances of the case management hearing since the original Jan. 16 date. […]

Holmes Beach continues to look at traffic, visitor problems

Whether it is within the commission chambers, in collaboration with others or individually, Holmes Beach elected officials continue to push for answers to the complicated problem of island traffic congestion. Commission Chair Jean Peelen met with Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker July 9 and reported the results of that conversation to the commission later that […]

LBK trolley future in doubt

The future of the Sarasota County Area Transit trolley that connects Anna Maria Island and Coquina Beach trolley service with Longboat Key and downtown Sarasota may be in jeopardy. Manatee County public works director Ron Schulhofer says Longboat Key agreed to pay Manatee County Area Transit $42,000 annually to support the trolley, while Longboat Key […]

Protestors gather on land and sea to fight Long Bar Pointe development

It’s one of the last large pieces of undeveloped coastline in Manatee County and a growing number of people are determined it stays that way. Dozens of protestors staging from Cortez boarded vessels of all sizes July 19 to form a “boat brigade” that cruised across the Sarasota Bay to Long Bar Pointe, a proposed […]

WMFR budget: 85 percent for wages, benefits

West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price presented his proposed 2013-14 budget of $5.65 million to district commissioners July 18, noting it is the seventh consecutive budget year since 2002-03 in which spending is limited to staffing and service levels. Price said that’s because the district revenues come from a property assessment fees, not from […]